House of Commons Journal Volume 9: 14 January 1674

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Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 9, 1667-1687. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.

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Mercurii, 14 die Januarii, 1673.


Duke of Buckingham examined.

THE House then resumed the Debate of the Matter concerning the Duke of Buckingham, which was adjourned to this Day.

And Intimation being given to the House, that the Duke had now recollected himself; and could give the House Information of some Matters relating to publick Affairs; and thereupon several Questions being agreed to by the House to be proposed to his Lordship, which are as followeth; viz.

1. Whether any Person have, at any Time, declared to him any of their Advices, or evil Purposes, against the Liberty of this House, or propounded any Ways to him for altering our Government; and, if they did, what was That Advice, and by Whom.

2. What was meant by this Expression Yesterday, That he had gotten nothing; and that others had gotten Three, Four, and Five hundred thousand Pounds; Who they were that had gotten it, and by what Means.

3. By whose Advice the Army was raised, and Papists set to officer them; and Mons. Schomberg to be their General.

4. Whether he knows, that any have advised to make use of the Army to awe the Debates and Resolutions of this House.

5. By whose Counsel and Ministry the Triple League was made.

6. And the first Treaty with France, whereby it was broken, and the Articles thereof:

7. And the Orders of Assignment and Credit of the Exchequer broken and destroyed:

8. And the Declaration about Matters of Religion made:

9. And the Smyrna Fleet fallen upon, before War was declared:

10. And the Second Treaty with the French King at Utrecht, and the Articles thereof:

11. And by whose Counsels the War was made, without Advice of Parliament; and the Parliament thereupon prorogued.

The Duke being called in; and the several Questions agreed to, being proposed to him by Mr. Speaker; and he having given his Answer;

The Duke being withdrawn; and the House then proceeding upon the Debate of what concerned himself in particular;

Address for his removal.

Resolved, &c. That an Address be presented to his Majesty, to remove the Duke of Buckingham from all his Employments that are held during his Majesty's Pleasure, and from his Presence and Councils for ever.

And then the House adjourned till To-morrow Morning, Nine of the Clock.